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  • Democrat DeGette easily wins 10th term in Congress

    Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette resoundingly defeated GOP challenger Martin Walsh on Tuesday to win a 10th term representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

    The race was called in favor of DeGette about an hour after the polls closed. She received 66 percent of the vote, or 161,557 of the ballots cast, compared to Walsh's 30 percent, or 72,795 votes, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

  • Voters reject tax increase for Foothills rec district

    South Jeffco voters rejected the Foothills Park and Recreation District's request for a 53 percent increase in property taxes.

    The mill-levy increase was rejected by 54 percent of voters; 46 percent cast ballots in favor.

    Foothills had sought the tax increase as a way to address the estimated $60 million in capital repairs needed for its parks and facillities. The 4-mill boost would have helped the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

  • Rosier wins re-election to Board of County Commissioners

    Republican Don Rosier’s bid to win a second term on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners was successful. Rosier captured 50 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger John Flerlage. Independent candidate Greg Standley had about 8 percent.

    Rosier, a water resources engineer, won the seat in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman. The Republican has focused on fiscal issues since first being elected and has been a critic of the county using reserve funds to balance the budget.

  • Voters pick Shrader as Jeffco's next sheriff

    Jeffco voters overwhelmingly picked Jeff Shrader as the county’s next sheriff.

    Results showed the Republican Shrader with 73 percent of the vote over Libertarian candidate Brett Almy’s 27 percent.

    In the same fashion as last Tuesday’s election, Shrader overwhelmingly captured the GOP nomination in June over Jim Shires, winning more than 60 percent of the primary vote.

  • School builds community at Halloween event

    The staff at Mortensen Elementary in South Jeffco staged a block party — literally — to celebrate Halloween on Friday.

    Faculty and office personnel pieced together costumes from “The Lego Movie” and paraded around the school in a tradition that demonstrates the interlocking commitment the school has with its surrounding community.

    Not every adult sported a costume with a giant Lego head, but all the big kids conjured characters, to the delight of their smaller counterparts.

  • Body of missing Littleton woman found in Gunnison National Forest

    Police in Mount Crested Butte say that human remains found in the Gunnison National Forest are those of Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the area since Aug. 13

    A search party on Oct. 29 found the remains in a rugged area called Middle Anthracite Creek, close to where hunters on Oct. 23 found items identified as belonging to Ahlbrandt, said Marjorie Trautman, a spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte police.

  • CSI: Jeffco

    Sometimes a cop needs a microscope to catch a criminal.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office opened the new regional crime lab for a tour last week. The new facility, part of an expansion of the jail, will give law enforcement access to some of the most cutting-edge scientific equipment available.  

  • Jeffco jail in line for security upgrade after escape

    The Jeffco jail is getting a security upgrade after its first prisoner escape since it was built 28 years ago. 

    The county commissioners have given initial approval to a project that will install metal bars on the jail’s five recreation yards. The bars will supplement the steel security meshing that is currently in place. 

    The project is estimated to cost $100,000, and the funds will come from a surplus from the current jail expansion, which is about $1 million under budget. That project is about a month away from completion. 

  • Three finalists named for judge vacancy in 1st Judicial District

    A list of finalists to fill the vacancy left on the 1st Judicial District with the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger includes the spouse of a current Jeffco county commissioner.

    Laura Tighe, wife of Commissioner Casey Tighe, was one of three finalists picked by the 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from that list to replace Munsinger. Todd Kastetter and KJ Moore, both of Littleton, are the other finalists. 

  • Littleton council votes to allow residential permit parking

    The Littleton City Council has approved a new residential parking permit system in response to concerns about commuters using residential streets as a parking lot for RTD’s downtown light-rail stop.  

    The new neighborhood permit parking program, approved by the council Oct. 21, would let neighborhoods petition the city to create a permit area. Residents would have the permits, and anyone else parking on a neighborhood street could be ticketed.